Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but school, work, and life in general have just been crazy. This post is just an introduction to something I’m calling the Book Discussion Series, where I’ll be blogging about my favorite books, from classics, to Harry Potter, to popular YA novels. You can find all these blog posts under the tab labeled, “Books.” These posts will provide my own insights into the books, including social, philosophical, and cultural significance, and I’ll welcome any further insight and comments on the books, or on my blog posts. I’ll also welcome suggestions for further reading and blogging – so if there’s a book you love that you want to discuss, by all means, post it in the comments! I’m always happy to receive more reading recommendations. 🙂
My idea for this series came about last semester, when I took a course on children’s literature. We read some amazing stuff, including Tom Sawyer, Anne of Green Gables, The Chronicles of Narnia, and of course, what’s a children’s lit course without any Harry Potter? During that course, I’ve come to realize that true, classic children’s novels aren’t limited to the eyes of children; as adults revisiting these books, there’s much to glean from them as well. Although classic literature is known to have deeper meanings that enhance our understanding of human nature, I think that children’s novels have this same quality as well, although I won’t limit the series to solely children’s novels.
This past semester, I took a course called Harry Potter and the Epic Tradition/English Fantasy. Yes, it’s a real course, and yes, it’s just about the best course ever. I’ve loved Harry Potter since I first picked up the books when I was ten, and they continue to be my favorite books. This course has really gotten me to think about Harry Potter in a philosophical, a theological, and a social context, and these books are so rich in meaning and have so much to say on subjects like good and evil, free will versus predestination, love, death, the immortal soul, community, and the implications of war and division. Because of this, I’ll be starting the series off with none other than Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! We’ll progress through the entire series, and I’ll even have some tidbits about the Tales of Beedle the Bard, as well as characters I may have glossed over, such as Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, and Neville Longbottom. It’s going to be (at least, I hope it will be) a fun, enlightening journey, that allows us to find further meaning in the books we love!
I hope you’re just as excited about the new series as I am. I can’t wait to hear your insights into Harry Potter!